The eruption of Kīlauea volcano continues at two locations. In the park, the vent within Halema'uma'u Crater is easily viewed from the overlook at the Jaggar Museum. The second location is the Pu'u 'Ō'ō vent located 10 miles (16km) east of the summit, on the remote east rift zone of Kīlauea. This area is not accessible to the public. There is no lava flowing into or towards the ocean.
Fumes and glow from the lava lake within the vent at the summit of Kīlauea may be seen from the Jaggar Museum overlook and other vantage points along Crater Rim Drive.
During the day a robust plume of volcanic gas is a constant and dramatic reminder of the molten rock churning in a lava lake within the crater. After sunset, Halema'uma'u continues to thrill visitors and park staff with a vivid glow that illuminates the clouds and plume (weather permitting).
April 23, 2015 - Video of the lava lake at record high levels (2 minutes 10 seconds).
April 29, 2015 - Two videos of the lava lake after it overflowed onto the crater floor.
Park rangers are on duty at the Jaggar Museum to assist the many visitors drawn to the site which has been erupting within the crater since March 2008.
Halemaʻumaʻu web cam (opens in new window).
May 25, 2015 - 6:22 AM HST
Activity Summary: Seismicity rates are currently normal beneath Kīlauea's summit and deflationary tilt is currently dominating. At the East Rift Zone eruption site, surface flows continue to be active within about 8.6 km (5.3 mi) of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.
Summit Observations: Seismicity rates beneath Kīlauea's summit, upper East Rift Zone and Southwest Rift Zone were at normal, background levels during the past day. The summit tiltmeter network recorded deflationary tilt of the typical Halemaʻumaʻu source beginning at about 1800 on May 24. Sulfur dioxide emission rates ranged between 3,800-8,500 tonnes/day for the week ending May 22.
June 27th Lava Flow Observations: Webcam images and satellite imagery continue to show surface flow activity from several breakouts in an area northeast Puʻu ʻŌʻō. All surface flows are occurring within 8.6 km (5.3 mi) of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.
Courtesy USGS - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
May 12, 2015 - The summit lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater has dropped significantly over the past two days, as Kīlauea's summit has deflated. The dropping lava level has allowed lava veneer on the walls of the Overlook crater to fall away, clearly exposing the contact between the original rim of the Overlook crater (which is the original, pre-overflow floor of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater) and the stack of recent lava overflows. These overflows are roughly 8 meters (26 feet) thick in total.
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The June 27th lava flows from Pu'u 'Ō'ō are outside of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's eastern boundary. The flows are inaccessible by foot or by car and the area is closed to the public.
Resources for more information about the lava flows:
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
County of Hawai'i Civil Defense
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This satellite image was captured on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by the Landsat 8 satellite. Although this is a false-color image, the color map has been chosen to mimic what the human eye would expect to see. Bright red pixels depict areas of very high temperatures and show active lava. White areas are clouds.
The lava flow field is partly obscured by clouds, but the image shows much of the activity on the June 27th flow. There have been three areas of breakouts active on the June 27th flow recently. The Feb 21 breakout has slowly migrated north over the past couple months. The breakout north of Kahaualeʻa has been active recently at the forest boundary, triggering small brush fires. The farthest breakout is 6-8 km (4-5 miles) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and consists of scattered activity near the forest boundary.
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The lava lakes in the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater and Halemaʻumaʻu crater, as well as other views may be viewed on webcameras made available by the scientists at USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Daily updates by staff that monitor Hawaiʻi's volcanoes provide visitors with the most recent observations on volcanic conditions.
If you are interested in more information about the Kīlauea east rift zone, we invite you to watch the video cast of USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geophysicist Mike Poland from our After Dark in the Park presentation on August 23, 2011. Mike discusses the volcanic history of the area. It's one hour in length and can be viewed here